Blanco Given Two Year USOC Ban

Blanco Given Two Year USOC Ban

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 30, 2008
  • 16 Comments
  • Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

Getty ImagesFor those who were wondering what happened to Blanco’s punishment following the lovely incident in Chicago’s quarterfinal match in the US Open Cup with DC a few weeks back, the punishment has been finally issued (those who were in charge of doing it were apparently on vacation!).

Steve Goff is reporting that Blanco has been suspended from US Open Cup play for at least two years for his conduct during a quarterfinal game against D.C. United on July 8, a U.S. Soccer Federation panel ruled.

He was red-carded in overtime for his involvement in a scuffle with United players. Later, after declining to leave the field in a timely manner, Blanco allegedly headbutted a United operations official.

Highly doubt MLS will do anything to Blanco considering this incident took place nearly a month ago. If they wanted to do their own suspension they would have by now. I also don’t see Blanco ever playing in a US Open Cup game after the two-year ban anyways based on his age and the fact that he may not even be with the Fire at that time.

What do you all make of this ruling? Fair? Should the league do anything about it?

  • Kevin

    One word: AWESOME. Get this bum off the pitch. Although I must say, he is a talented player. However, talent does not make one a great person or player. Attitude does, and he is a little baby. <br />
    <br />
    I would like to see him miss a couple league games, but MLS would never do that to &quot;the Mexican David Beckham&quot; (direct quote from Garber at the All-Star game).

  • Kevin

    One word: AWESOME. Get this bum off the pitch. Although I must say, he is a talented player. However, talent does not make one a great person or player. Attitude does, and he is a little baby.

    I would like to see him miss a couple league games, but MLS would never do that to “the Mexican David Beckham” (direct quote from Garber at the All-Star game).

  • joejoejoe

    I don't think the MLS should do anything about discipline in US Open Cup games. Maybe the Chicago Fire could have suspended Blanco a game or two internally to demonstrate a little respect for fair play but overall I think the punishment is fair. The MLS isn't concerned about Blanco embrassing the league, it's concerned about the USL embarrassing MLS by beating their ass in a competive match that counts and then some intrepid US soccer reporter asking David Beckham to explain his greatest moments in the FA Cup and then doing the sporting thing and tipping his cap to the USL.

  • joejoejoe

    I don’t think the MLS should do anything about discipline in US Open Cup games. Maybe the Chicago Fire could have suspended Blanco a game or two internally to demonstrate a little respect for fair play but overall I think the punishment is fair. The MLS isn’t concerned about Blanco embrassing the league, it’s concerned about the USL embarrassing MLS by beating their ass in a competive match that counts and then some intrepid US soccer reporter asking David Beckham to explain his greatest moments in the FA Cup and then doing the sporting thing and tipping his cap to the USL.

  • Bill Clinton

    This &lsquo;player&rsquo; has done nothing but brought disrespect to the MLS with his fiery actions.<br />
    <br />
    He thinks and behaves as though he&rsquo;s in a bull fighting circle not a soccer pitch. <br />
    <br />
    He doesn&rsquo;t belong in &lsquo;professional&rsquo; sports and the MLS should be even more ashamed of themselves for making this player an all star just because the league pays him a lot of money. Because they do, he should be setting an example for children watching him. I&rsquo;ve been to Chicago&rsquo;s pitch and they sell blank jerseys and Blanco jerseys&hellip;. They&rsquo;re saying look at this &lsquo;player&rsquo; in awe. The &lsquo;player&rsquo; that throws punches, head butts officials, DIVES ALL OVER THE FIELD, and is generally an embarrassment to professional sports everywhere.<br />
    <br />
    He deserves punishment but banning him from USOC for two years will do little to even be an issue to him. He should have been charged with two counts of assault (one against the player with video evidence and one against the official if it really happened). and not only banned from all FIFA sanctioned games but also fined the equivalent to a full season&rsquo;s salary. <br />
    <br />
    The only thing people actually understand is when something impacts their income.<br />
    <br />
    MLS doesn&rsquo;t have the courage to do that though. They lack the &lsquo;courage&rsquo; to actively discipline someone they&rsquo;ve held in such high esteem (without having earned it) and taking actions such as I&rsquo;ve suggested would only indicate that they&rsquo;ve made a mistake in acquiring this wanna-be gladiator as a role model to children. MLS hates any negative publicity that&rsquo;s why their video streams are removed from websites all the time, that&rsquo;s why scuffles after hard fouls are never posted as video and that&rsquo;s why they once again did nothing to justifiably punish someone they called an all star. <br />
    <br />
    The very fact that the league appointed him an all star is laughable and why real stars look to leave the league for greener pitches in Europe. In Europe, millions of eyes are on every move their professionals make and an embarrassing idiot like Blanco could never play, let alone thrive.<br />
    <br />
    As long as he continues to be associated with MLS, they should be ashamed of themselves. Chicago Fire fans are being swindled and led to the slaughter house blind being force fed appreciation for this piece of trash. At least they can cheer for a REAL PLAYER when McBride joins them. Maybe then everyone will forget about this Blanco fool and his beer league mentality to go along with his beer gut.<br />
    <br />
    I&rsquo;m Bill Clinton and I approve this message.

  • Kevin

    Nice editorial, Bill Clinton. I agree with every one of your points.

  • Bill Clinton

    This ‘player’ has done nothing but brought disrespect to the MLS with his fiery actions.

    He thinks and behaves as though he’s in a bull fighting circle not a soccer pitch.

    He doesn’t belong in ‘professional’ sports and the MLS should be even more ashamed of themselves for making this player an all star just because the league pays him a lot of money. Because they do, he should be setting an example for children watching him. I’ve been to Chicago’s pitch and they sell blank jerseys and Blanco jerseys…. They’re saying look at this ‘player’ in awe. The ‘player’ that throws punches, head butts officials, DIVES ALL OVER THE FIELD, and is generally an embarrassment to professional sports everywhere.

    He deserves punishment but banning him from USOC for two years will do little to even be an issue to him. He should have been charged with two counts of assault (one against the player with video evidence and one against the official if it really happened). and not only banned from all FIFA sanctioned games but also fined the equivalent to a full season’s salary.

    The only thing people actually understand is when something impacts their income.

    MLS doesn’t have the courage to do that though. They lack the ‘courage’ to actively discipline someone they’ve held in such high esteem (without having earned it) and taking actions such as I’ve suggested would only indicate that they’ve made a mistake in acquiring this wanna-be gladiator as a role model to children. MLS hates any negative publicity that’s why their video streams are removed from websites all the time, that’s why scuffles after hard fouls are never posted as video and that’s why they once again did nothing to justifiably punish someone they called an all star.

    The very fact that the league appointed him an all star is laughable and why real stars look to leave the league for greener pitches in Europe. In Europe, millions of eyes are on every move their professionals make and an embarrassing idiot like Blanco could never play, let alone thrive.

    As long as he continues to be associated with MLS, they should be ashamed of themselves. Chicago Fire fans are being swindled and led to the slaughter house blind being force fed appreciation for this piece of trash. At least they can cheer for a REAL PLAYER when McBride joins them. Maybe then everyone will forget about this Blanco fool and his beer league mentality to go along with his beer gut.

    I’m Bill Clinton and I approve this message.

  • VIVA MEXICO

    GUY'S THIS IS A GOOD THING WHRE LOOKING AT THIS WRONG, I THINK THEY SHOULD DO WHATS RIGHT FOR THE SPORT AND FOR THE FANS, BUT IF THEY DO, THEY SHOULD DO THE SAME THING TO ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE FUTURE. I LOVE SOCCER IT'S IN MY DAD'S BLOOD, MY UNCLES AND MY WHOLE FAMILY (CLUB AMERICA FANS) AND SOMETIMES IT'S REALLY UNFAIR WITH THE CALLS AND ALL THE BULLSHIT THAT GOES ON WITH THE PLAYERS FIGHTING, SPITTING HITTING EACH OTHER AND THIS GOES TO THE REFFERES TO, I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE SOME OTHER KIND OF NEW TRAINNIG &amp; TESTINGS. 0R MAYBE WE NEED TO HAVE INSTANT REPLAY LIKE A CHALLENGE LIKE FOOTBALL AND NOW BASEBALL, FOR EXAMPLE DID YOU GUYS SE THE GAME AGAINST PACHUCA AND DYNAMO? PACHUCA HAD MADE A CLEAN GOAL BUT THE REFFERE CALLED ITS OFF-SIDES AND ALSO THE GAME AGAINS PACHUCA AND NE REVOLOTION ONE OF THE PACHUCAS PLAYERS WAS CALLED FOR A HAND INSIDE THE BOX WHEN HE WAS COVERING HIS CHEST AND BALL HIT IS HAND. ALL I'M SAYING IS I LOVE THE FACT THAT MLS IS GROWING AND THERE EVENTS LIKE SUPERLIGA THAT INVOLVES THE MEXICAN TEAMS AND US TEAMS TO PLAY AND IT'S JUST ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR ME TO HANG OUT WITH MY FAMILY AND ENJOY THE RIVALRY BETWEEN MEXICO AND US.

  • VIVA MEXICO

    AND FOR BILL CLINTON: BLANCO AND ALL THE PLAYERS ARE ALL THE SAME JUST THAT BLANCO GOT COUGHT AND BLANCO IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPEND TO CHICAGO FIRE AND BLANCO AND BECKHAM ARE MAKING MLS GROW.

  • vive temoc

    you know what every good player is a baby. you have to be. who ever likes it or not he is one of the best players in the world.

  • vive temoc

    Any talented soccer player is a baby. they have to be thats what seperates them from all other players. he deserves the ban though

  • Kevin

    Nice editorial, Bill Clinton. I agree with every one of your points.

  • VIVA MEXICO

    GUY’S THIS IS A GOOD THING WHRE LOOKING AT THIS WRONG, I THINK THEY SHOULD DO WHATS RIGHT FOR THE SPORT AND FOR THE FANS, BUT IF THEY DO, THEY SHOULD DO THE SAME THING TO ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE FUTURE. I LOVE SOCCER IT’S IN MY DAD’S BLOOD, MY UNCLES AND MY WHOLE FAMILY (CLUB AMERICA FANS) AND SOMETIMES IT’S REALLY UNFAIR WITH THE CALLS AND ALL THE BULLSHIT THAT GOES ON WITH THE PLAYERS FIGHTING, SPITTING HITTING EACH OTHER AND THIS GOES TO THE REFFERES TO, I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE SOME OTHER KIND OF NEW TRAINNIG & TESTINGS. 0R MAYBE WE NEED TO HAVE INSTANT REPLAY LIKE A CHALLENGE LIKE FOOTBALL AND NOW BASEBALL, FOR EXAMPLE DID YOU GUYS SE THE GAME AGAINST PACHUCA AND DYNAMO? PACHUCA HAD MADE A CLEAN GOAL BUT THE REFFERE CALLED ITS OFF-SIDES AND ALSO THE GAME AGAINS PACHUCA AND NE REVOLOTION ONE OF THE PACHUCAS PLAYERS WAS CALLED FOR A HAND INSIDE THE BOX WHEN HE WAS COVERING HIS CHEST AND BALL HIT IS HAND. ALL I’M SAYING IS I LOVE THE FACT THAT MLS IS GROWING AND THERE EVENTS LIKE SUPERLIGA THAT INVOLVES THE MEXICAN TEAMS AND US TEAMS TO PLAY AND IT’S JUST ANOTHER EXCUSE FOR ME TO HANG OUT WITH MY FAMILY AND ENJOY THE RIVALRY BETWEEN MEXICO AND US.

  • VIVA MEXICO

    AND FOR BILL CLINTON: BLANCO AND ALL THE PLAYERS ARE ALL THE SAME JUST THAT BLANCO GOT COUGHT AND BLANCO IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPEND TO CHICAGO FIRE AND BLANCO AND BECKHAM ARE MAKING MLS GROW.

  • vive temoc

    you know what every good player is a baby. you have to be. who ever likes it or not he is one of the best players in the world.

  • Any talented soccer player is a baby. they have to be thats what seperates them from all other players. he deserves the ban though